It's a hairy situation
SEW IN EXTENSIONS: The first method is sewing. First, the client’s hair is braided, making either one spiral cornrow, which covers the whole head, or several straight ones which match the layering. After this has been done, the wefts are simply sewed into these cornrows. This type of extension is quick to perform and can last up to 3 months. However, it is best to have your hair re-done every month, as the cornrows become loose after a while. These Eare expensive, and a lot of the times you will get a headache if they are too tight, as well as some itching from the braid.
MICRO RING EXTENSIONS: A weft is located on a divided section of the client’s hair. Two strands (one from the scalp and another from the weft) are joined and pulled through a micro ring, which is then flattened. This way the weft is attached by fitting together several strands both from the weft and the scalp. The photo below shows three main steps of the process. The colour of the micro rings is light only for demonstration reasons. Normally, similar hair colour micro rings are applied. These are by far the most natural looking, and are very light weight. Its about a 6 week tightening, and its much faster and more affordable than the others.
CLIP IN EXTENSIONS:Also called clip-on extensions, are wefts which have sewed in clips. Clip-in extension is a temporary solution, since they are fitted in the morning and should be removed in the evening. This method is good for those people who don’t want to wear hair extensions every day. However, it may not look good on every person, since it requires some knowledge what colour and texture to buy, and how to match the existing hair cut. The upside to these is that there is no salon necessary, they are completely DIY. And, all you have to pay for is the hair! Just make sure you do a colour match before you order them.
HOT FUSION EXTENSIONS:Attached using a special hair connector which melts the keratin bond. A small section of a client’s hair is taken and laid on a bond. Either U-tip, (also called Nail-tip) or flat-tip pre-bonded extensions are used. While the client’s hair and a bond is held in position, the hair connector is used to melt the bond to the client’s hair. Before the bond hardens, the glue is formed into either a cylindrical or flat shape and the extension is attached to the hair. My biggest issue with these was that if you love conditioner like I do, then they will slip out rather quickly. However, the application was fast, and I like that I had individual strands to work with.
1. A HAIRSTYLIST IS NOT A MAGICIAN: If you have extremely blunt cut, short or thin hair the extensions will likely be visible, or more obvious. They can only do so much with what they have to work with. Don't go in expecting a miracle!
2. ASK THE STYLIST FOR BEFORE/AFTER PHOTOS: The best way to tell what you are getting into is by seeing what others before you experienced. Yes, photographs can lie (thanks to photoshop!) but its pretty likely you are going to get what you see in the photos. A good, professional stylist will have a look book.
3. $$$: Get ready to spend some of your hard earned monies. Unless you are going the DIY route, you are about to pay for the hair, stylist time, and a little something extra they call upcharge. The price range usually varies between 250 - 1000 or more, and just remember you aren't always getting what you pay for, the higher the price doesn't guarantee anything. The best extensions I have ever had were about 300 dollars plus cost of hair, and I have experienced both ends of the cost spectrum.
4. KNOW WHAT YOU WANT: Don't be afraid to speak your mind, because you are the one who has to live with these in the end. If you don't absolutely love them, speak up! The hair dresser is there to service you, and you aren't paying to leave unsatisfied.
5. ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE: What girl doesn't love to be pampered, and come out looking like a new person?! Buyer Beware, its addicting! I love the feeling of stepping out of the salon and feeling like a new woman.